DAA 'on different level' now - Toland
Kevin Toland was not being drawn yesterday on his new job as chief executive at Aryzta. The former Glanbia executive will take up the post at the embattled firm within a matter of months.
But he did reflect on his time at the DAA, where he has overseen a dramatic acceleration of capital expenditure as Dublin Airport in particular benefits from a revived economy. He said he had "thoroughly enjoyed" his time as CEO.
Passenger numbers have surged at Dublin during his time at the DAA, and so too has the number of services out of the capital. Construction of a controversial new runway has begun, while the DAA has also been building office blocks and investing heavily in other infrastructure at Dublin Airport.
There are challenges ahead, particularly in relation to the new runway, which has two restrictive usage conditions that the DAA wants removed.
He also said that the DAA continues to work towards establishing a service to China. Chinese airline Hainan is eyeing a route from Beijing to Dublin via Edinburgh, but Mr Toland said that if a such a service is launched he would expect Dublin to be able to quickly sustain a direct link.